Robots in industry: a shift towards autonomous and intelligent systems in the digital age

Cuebong Wong, Erfu Yang, Xiutian Yan, Dongbing Gu

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Robotics and autonomous systems (RAS) are playing an increasingly important role across a wide range of industries and applications. Certainly, the definition of robots have expanded drastically and is no longer used to describe only traditional preprogrammed manipulators that have been commonplace in many manufacturing areas. The world is beginning to shift to an era where robots possess higher levels of autonomy, intelligence and adaptability, enabling them to cope with dynamic and challenging environments. This has created an excellent opportunity for smarter robotic systems to be exploited for applications in industrial environments. In this note, we discuss the emerging shift of robotics and its implications in the digital age. We focus particularly on applications within industrial settings, giving our perspectives on future advancements with people and automation working together as an underlying theme.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages1
Publication statusPublished - 20 Jun 2017
EventIndustrial Systems in the Digital Age Conference 2017: Looking Beyond Industry 4.0 - University of Glasgow, Glasgow, United Kingdom
Duration: 20 Jun 201721 Jun 2017


ConferenceIndustrial Systems in the Digital Age Conference 2017
Abbreviated titleISDA 2017
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
Internet address


  • robotics
  • AI
  • intelligent systems
  • artificial intelligence
  • robotics and autonomous systems
  • RAS
  • industry
  • manufacturing


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